The Birmingham Mail is reporting claims that four senior leaders at Birmingham schools linked to the so-called Trojan Horse plot “were pushing for them to become increasingly Islamic”.
Former chair of governors Tahir Alam, principals Monzoor Hussain and Hardeep Saini, and executive headteacher Lindsey Clarke led the drive to Islamise the three non-faith schools run by the Park View Educational Trust, claimed its former HR manager Gurpreet Ghillion.
Her claims came as part of her evidence against five former PVET senior leaders in a disciplinary hearing by the National College for Teaching & Leadership, in which Mr Hussain, Ms Clarke, Arshad Hussain, Razwan Faraz and Mr Saini are all accused of professional misconduct.
They all face a common allegation of agreeing to the inclusion of an undue amount of religious influence on pupils’ education.
They are also all accused of placing “improper pressure” on staff considered “unsympathetic to that aim” to quit.
Arshad and Monzoor Hussain, who are not related, Ms Clarke and Mr Saini are also alleged to have appointed staff who “might have assisted their aim”.
Ms Ghillion said in her witness statement: “In my view it was the likes of Tahir, Monzoor, Hardeep and Lindsey who were pushing for the schools to become increasingly Islamic in character.
“It was not driven by the local community. There were no events between the leadership team and the community so it is difficult to see how they could say that pressure from external forces was driving the schools to become more Islamic…”
All teachers deny the allegations against them. The hearing continues.
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